Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Established in 1967, the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) provides intensive advanced Arabic- language training at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Since its inception, CASA has trained more than 1,500 upper-level undergraduates, graduates and professors, who complete the program gaining a greater understanding of Egypt and the Arab world. 

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CASA Courses

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) offers advanced-level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at AUC. 

CASA Courses Offered
The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) will be taught at AUC again during the 2015 – 2016 academic year

CASA Consortium

A consortium of 27 universities and colleges in the United States oversees the various academic, financial and administrative aspects of the CASA program.

CASA Consortium

CASA Students Studied at AUC

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International Students Studied Arabic at AUC

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Center for Arabic Study Abroad Opened


School of Oriental Studies Became Center for Arabic Studies


Nicholas Kristof on a train in northern Sudan during AUC's winter break

Being at AUC helped my career in two ways. First, studying Arabic helped get me hired at the New York Times. It also made me feel more comfortable in countries where the language is spoken, such as Tunisia, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.

Nicholas Kristoff (ALU '84), Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times

For people in the Middle East, and Egypt in particular, being friendly and polite is taken for granted. You walk down the street here and exchange more niceties in a morning than you do in a year in other places.

Ben Wedeman (YAB ’81), Senior International Correspondent, CNN

This exposure to Egyptian people, culture and politics made an impression on me that developed my interest in the region. I became fascinated by this part of the world and gained a lot of affection for the Middle East. Those two years [at AUC] left me with a great love for Egypt and an abiding respect for the University.

Lawrence Wright (MA ’71) Screenwriter; Playwright; Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author


Campus at night

Center for Arabic Study Abroad Brochure

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United States 

Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University

38 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 
t 1.617.495.4078



The American University in Cairo

Hill House, Room 103
AUC Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
t 20.2.2797.5301